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Vol IX. No. 53.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1909.
Price 5 Cents.
CALDWELL CRITIG OF
trtEVlkWS TAFT8 FlRBT DOCU
MENT TO C0NQRE8S.
HE FINbi LITTLE OF MM WORTH
Successor of Roosevelt Raits Entirely
to Continue the Aggressive
Character of Former
That the recont moBBago-of Presi
dent Taft wholly failed to sound n
progressive note and lacked any firm
suggestion of policy wnB the state
ment of Prof. H. W. Caldwell at con
vocation yesterday. Professor Cald
woll followed his annual custom of re
viewing the 'president's mesBago from
a critical standpoint An unusually
large crowd attended In anticipation
of his remarks. He said -in .part:
"The president's message has from
'the first been regularly sent to con
gress. If it has any. constitutional
grounds It is In that clauso which pro
vides that the president may from
rtimo to time convey Information to
. congress. Whother constitutional- or
not, It lias become a regular custom.
"My message, too, Ib an annual mes
sage, and It Is purely customary.
Dead King in Africa.
"The dead king Is In Africa, and the
live king is In America, but if the
African king is really dead, he is the
11 vest -dead man in the world today..
The message of Taft shows much of
the influence of the president who has
Just vacated the office.
"Most messages have been merely
a sammary of events. A few have been
epoch makers in American history.
iSomo of these important messages
Uiave been special messages. Such for
'instance were the inaugural address
-,of Washington, the famous messago
of Monroe presenting the Monroe doc
; trine, Jackson's nullification proclama
tion, his 'bank veto; Lincoln's Inaug
ural, his July .and December, 18fcl,
messages. Almost more marked than
atf-ef. these 'Wore the messages of
Theodoro' "Rodsdvolt, ' Roosevelt's
messages were the most quotable me
sages qf .all.
"Taftfa!tncssage is simple and plain.
There are no sentences in it worthy
of being quoted, but since other mes
sages aro promised wo can not judge
Taft yet in this quality. On the tariff
ho apparently stands pat. - No changes
aro now urged or anticipated. In
junctions should not be granted so
freely in tho past unless absolutely
necessary- to prevent serious labor or
"There s pot a single progressive
suggestion or utterance in tho mes
sage, It Js .merely a summarize. As
compared o previous messages, this
. messago fsa 'disappointment Jn thfs
respect.,. There l'no'real Information
for a student in any 'American prob
' lent In tho message.
"Problems in Latin America, such-aa
boundaries, the president hopes will
cqntlnuo to be settled peacefully.
Some tjjno ago the Island of San Do
mingo was threatened by European
powers because their debts wore not
pad. FrfiBidqnt Roosovolt did not
wnlt fqr a, law to bo passed authoriz
ing uqtlqi by the United States In be
hqjf of San .Domingo, but went ahead
ail appointed a collector of customs,
for t,hat island. President Taft nn
qpuncog that this has been a success.
TUrpvaca&Q wh,qre our responsibjl
i Ity was appealed to outsldo the limits
of the pnroeldacttine.
"RslaUqns with Japan continue to
bo as pfllflaf !4hBy avo DOon In the'
past ffbey may bo no bettor, 'but aro
yet no worse,
"qreatqr care Is to bo exercised in
W"MUnjr Jfofc jQft. recording, the. col-
lectlqj aoj tb,q djrjbution of money
at tho pnlted States treasury. Presi
dent Taft BpeaKB of fraud existing,
but does not deal with it very vigor
ously. Deals With Deficit.
"The question 6f tho deficit is
brought up alBo. A. plan Is proposed
to meet this deficit but tho recom
mendation Ib one tit thb weakest In the
whole message, it la! To postpone
expenditures oh tho n)ivy and nrmy
and other departments Until the deficit
is made up. Then the expenditure
could go on again. A battleship coats
as much money as three such state
universities as this one. Evidently
the president Is in favor bf continued
heavy expenditures for. such purposes.
The postofllco deficit is considered.
The deficit Is large anU tHo reason
givon aro tho heavy cost of newspapers
and magazine carriage. Taft recom
mends an Increase in the poBtal rates
"The message Ib as notdworthy for
whnt It does not say as what it does
say. Why did he not explain that the"
railroad charges aro far larger than
they ought to be and that steps should
be taken to reduce these heavy rates
rather than increase postal rntos?"
G. B. M'DONALD BACK IN LINCOLN
Ex-Football Star to 8pend Month with
Friends in Cly.
Q. B. McDonald, ex-quarter back of,
Nebraska's varsity, was a campus vis
itor yoBterday. He is visiting Lincoln
friends and will be In tho city until
after the OhrlstmaB vacation.
. Mr. McDonald graduated In 1907 and
immediately entered the government
forestry service. For some time he
wns In Washington, D. C., and for tho
past year and a half he has 'been in
the west, visiting the government re
serves. His work has taken him all
over the western country, particularly
Idaho and Montana. He has dealt al
moBt exclusively with planting, aqd In
this branch of the work he has had
results of much Interest to foresters.
CLUB MET SATURDAY NIGHT.
Komenians Held Christmas Festivities
at Home of Miss Hrbek.
The 'ChrlstniAs, meeting of "the Ko
menBky Club was held Saturday even
ing with MIbb Sarka Hrbek, 1726 Q
street. A large representation of the
membership was present to enjoy the
program of Christmas games. Otto
Kotouc of Humboldt, Neb., and A. A.
Tenoplr of Omaha, Neb., alumni of the
club, were present' and gave brief but
valuable talks on the progress of the
Komensky movement among young
Bohemians. The formal portion of the
program consisted mainly of musical
numbers, tho first being selections
from Dvorak's "Now World Sym
phony;" 'played by Orrln "Stopanok,
who profaqed his number? Jy interest
ing rornarks oh tho early ijffennd mu
sical preparation 'of IHq great '.Bohe
mian composer,, "who. later, spent a
number of years 'In this country, being
director of tho cpnservatory of music
In New York, 01$. Mr. Stqpaiiok'B
rendition of the selected por((ons of
"The New Worju Syrtiphony" Werq so
much enjoyed that ho'h'aQyrospond
to an encore. Mr. John BuctiaLgavo
a humorous reading on "JBulttohs
Harmless and Otherwise." '" "
A piano duet, qntltled "Poqt and
Peasant," rondered by Miss yias.ta
Dolansky and MIsb Emma Krisl, was
thoroughly enjoyed, after wjil'ch tyiss
KiIbI read an article on "Christmas
Customs In Bqhemla." t
After a number of Bohemian songs,
which woro given by the chorus, vari
ous games, "always playqd " attho
Christmas Boason- among the" Czechs,
occupied the company. The aervlRg
of refreshments was follqwed by other
games.' g ' 4
Thq next meeting of the Komensky
Club will, take. place'on the evening of
the first , Saturday following theholi-
TAKES STAND FOR A
REFORM IN THE RULES
DR. CLAPP TO VOTE FOR CHANGE
IN RULE8 DECEMBER 28.
JOHN BENDER TO COACH BASEBALL
8weaters of a Uniform Color and
"N's" of a Distinct Design to Be
Granted Hereafter In the Vari
ous branches of Athletics.
Considerable interest and coinmont
was mado over tho campuB yesterday
over tho action of tho athletic board
on the matter of revision of tho foot
ball rules. Students generally scorn
to be in favor of an action In the mat
ter and woro heartily In favor of any
action which would not take from tho
gamo its interest and at tho -same time
tend to decrease tho chances of injury
to any of tho players.
Chancellor Avery Ib vory much in
sympathy with this movement and It
wnB at his suggestion that the action
of the athletic board on tho mattor
was taken. "Let tho friends of the
game do what is in their power to
remedy It before others have a chance
to revise it," is the opinion of tho
At the meeting of the board the fol
lowing motion was made and carried:'
"That the delegate to the Intercollegiate-Athletic
Association of tho United
States be instructed to work toward
the securing of the elimination as far
aB possible or the dangerous features
of football." This delegate of tho
board, Dr. Clapp, will attend this
meeting of the Intercollegiate Athlotlc
Association in New York City Decem
ber 28, and carry out this policy.
That this action Ib In harmony with
the feelings of the students of tho uni
versity and tho other colleges over tho
state, as well as the people of tho
state, is evidenced by the action which
these people have taken. PreBjdent
Crabtree of tho Peru Normal school
and other faculty men of the state
have agitated this matter to a certain
degree, and tho action of tho Nebras
ka athletic board comes as a recogni
tion of these demands.
Not alone in this stato do tho
friends of football fool that a revision
of the rules Is necessary, but tho sen
timent Is found all over the country
wherever football Ib played. At Cor
nell the rules must be revised or the
game will be prohibited and in George
town nnd Holy Cross tho sport has
,becn eliminated from athletics. The
attitude of such football authorities as
Walter Camp and Stagg show that tho
attempts at revision of the rules have
a sound basis and that such a thing
Is an absolute necessity.
1 In other lines of purely local nature
the athletic board took further action
and made a ruling which goes into ef
fect' January l', 1910, to the effect that
after this dato no proxy will be al
lowed in any athletic board election.
That this ruling has been needed has
been felt by the mombcrs of tho
board for somo time. Specific in
stances of voting by proxy haB been
shown in elections in the past few
years and it has always caused a largo
amount'of unnecessary difficulty.
The report of tho 'feaseball commit
tee was read and approved to tho ef
fect that "Johnny" Bender be hired for
baseball coach next season and that
he assumo his duties March 1st and
continue them unutll tho close of tho
soason. Bender expects to be a stu
dent in the university next semester,
andjwUh this in view' ho will be fully
able to have charge of his work as
baBeball coach. t
For the past twaseasons ''"BUly"
Fox has coached the yarsitybasobalLlhome?
team, but UiIb year ho will bo unnblo
to do ho aB ho no longer has Interests
In Lincoln which would allow him to
romnln as coach of tho university toam
until tho clone of tho college baseball
A report of tho administration com
mltteo was read and npproved to tho
effect that tho Bweator and "N'b"
grantod by tho athletic board horcaf
tor would bo of n uniformity and cer
tain sweaters for certain lines of ath
letics would bo In vogue. For football,
a whlto block "N" is presented, olght
inches In height, seven Inches wide nt
tho contor and two Inch bars with
squaro blocks, the Bweater to bo card
inal and the stylo of tho neck left to
tho choice of tho individual. Tho
cross-country "N" Is to bo a cardinal
flowing "N" b(x InchoB In height and
five InchoB wldo, tho sweater to bo a
white coat JorBOy. Tho basketball
sweater Is to bo a whlto coat Joraoy,
and the baseball and track swoaters
to bo cardinal coat jorsoys.
Itoserve BWoators wero alBo granted
to tho Bcrubs ofthlB year and tho
board voted to add tho namos of
Pearso and Dobson to otho list previ
ously submitted. Tho petition of tho
men for tho sweaters boarlng an
largo "2" with a small "N" was voted
down -by tho board, as it was felt that
tho men wonrlng tho "N" swoators
should bo tho only ones of tho univer
sity privileged to wear an "N" of nny
8ENIOR8 HOLD MEETING.
Election of Members to the Student
Publication Held and Other
At a mooting of tho mombors of tho
senior cIbbb yostorday morning at 10
o'clock in tho music liall at tho Tom
plo, President Hof Mann appolntod a
commit too to arrange for a com
mencement day speaker. It wob sug
gested that an educator bo asked to
givo tho nddreBB lnstoad of a poli
tician as has boon tho case in lato
years. .8 A Mahood was appointed
chairman of this commlttoo. To rep
resent tho class on tho studont publl
catlqn board George M. Wallaco was
elected. Tho Bcnior play was also dlB
cussed and a modern piny will In nil
probability bo given by tho class next
spring. The president also announced
that a committee would bo appolntod
to arrange for tho sonlor maBquorado
which will bo given somo time In tho
COMFORTABLE JOURNEY HOME.
Burlington Wants Students to Buy
City Ticket Agent Bonnoll of tho
Burlington linos has Issued a request
that students Intending to go home
for tho Christmas vacation buy tholr
tickets early so that tho road officials
may know when to expoct the crowds
and how to properly enro for thorn.
His letter in part follows:
"If students will buy tholr tickets
at least one day In udvanco of their
starting, and do so at this office, wo
can be posted as to tho number of ex
tra cars to bo put on each train. This
will not only help us, but will Insuro
for students plenty of comfortable
seatlngs on tho homo trip. Wo want
to please them and mako their vaca
tion a pleasant ono npd to start out
on tho trip standing up will not be
pleasant. I would also .ask that they
say in buying the tickets on what
dato they will start Tho early oheck
Ing of baggage will also be a factor
in assisting them to get away more
promptly, as that can be done at their
leisure, instead of tho last moment in
tho rush which will delay the. trains
and not only them 'but the other stu
dents." r 7 '
Your car faro "would 'pay for 'a nfoa
lunch at' the Boston Lunch. Why co
WHAT'S THE MATTER
WITH THE PROFESSOR
DRAMATIC CLUB TO DIVULGE SE
CRET THUR8DAY NIGHT.
SEARL DAVIS IS TITLE CHARACTER
Miss Bailey Leading Lady, Supported
by Strongest Cast Ever Ap- ,
pearlng on a Unlver.
"What's tho Mattor With tho Pro
foBHor?" Ib tho rather startling title
of tho play which will bo stngod at
tho Temple theater Thursday night by
tho University Dramatic, Club. This
Ib tho first play of tho club this yoar.
Tho ctiBt Ib exceptionally strong, ovory
character bolng Impersonated by ono
of tho strongest momborn of that or
ganization. Although bills have boon circulated
containing tho quory "What Is tho
matter with tho profoBBor?" nothing
definite has boon discovered as yet.
Tho cast Iibb boon working faithfully
for tho last two wo ok s. to unravel this
mystery, nnd It Ib hopod that on tho
night of tho 16th thoy will have tho
matter perfectly clear in tholr own
minds and bo ablo to glvo to tho uni
versity public a solution of tho mat
ter. To aid thorn In tholr rosearch
thoy havo tho profosflor with thorn,
continually quizzing him, checking IiIb
data, and proving hlB original records.
It Ib safo to say that tho play Vhon
produced wul bo something unique,
oven iu the comedy llbo at Nobrask'd.
Cast of Characters,
Tho cast was caro fully picked from
tho host talent in the club and con
tains many namos not unfamiliar to
tho ttnlvoralty public. Many of them
appeared to advantago in' provlous
plays givon by tho club and others
appeared in tho sonlor play last year.
Thoy havo beon putting in ovory mo
mont of avallablo tlmo In proparatioit
for the production on tho loth, and
will, in tho opinion of their coach, put
on tho beat play over appearing on
tho university stago. Miss Howoll, the
proBldont of tho club, says emphatic
ally that tho following cast will force
tho professor to divulge his socrot.
Tho caBt 1b as follows:
Professor Goodwllllo.....8parl S. Davis
Dr. Cousins Yale Holland
Dr. YellowIoavoB. .John M. Alexander
Miss Qoodwlllio EfBtber Balloy
Sir George GulIdlng..Nye Morehouse
The Dowager Miss Nagl
Efllo Ada, Morgan
Poto Lawrenco Coy
Hondera Paul Yates
Footman , H. O. Ruahton
Miss Whlto vBimhlG Tally
No offort has boon spared to 1 Mako
the play artistic from overy viewpoint
Special scenery has beon secured
from tho Lyric theater, which will add
a groat deal to tho staging of the play.
In order to avoid any delay that might
bo exporlonced by Having inexperi
enced men handling this scenerythe
club have engaged professional stge
hands for this work. ''
Second Performance. ' t
Tho salo of tickets lias' been pushed
with such vigor .that it is feared there
will bo somo trouble in seevring suf
ficient seating capaelty 1a b!e Greater,
This may necessitate a second per
formance. 'However, until the salo of
tickets reackes a point that will war
rant a secofad perforwanee no an
nouncement Is a secern will bo made.
- The ticket Jy secured from
any neiab of ta elub or at either
ono of the university book stores. 'The
tlekeU sell at 26 cents' aad may bo re
.serve for aa additional kargo of 10
oeats. The seat may be reserved
.any day betweea 1 aad 2 p, m., or 'at
.the Temple theater box office irhura
day, the day; of the play.
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